Because people still ask the question “why did Michael Sam win the Arthur Ashe Courage award just for being gay?” If you asked that question, then you are quite literally the answer to your own query. Now that’s not something that happens everyday.
Michael Sam won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYS tonight. He totally deserved it.
The folks who don’t understand how Michael Sam has shown courage, those are the same folks that were so worried about his sexuality being a “locker room distraction.” You see they don’t want to come out and say “I have a problem with gay people.” No, they want to hide behind a polite version of bigotry. They are the folks who also start conversations with “I’m not racist but…”
These polite bigots are nothing new. In the 1950s they argued that “the army shouldn’t be integrated because it would disturb unit cohesiveness.” That sounds an awful lot like “you can’t have a gay player in the locker room because it will cause problems.”
It’s such a cowardly form a bigotry. I sent out the following tweet earlier tonight:
You folks asking "why did Michael Sam win the courage award just for being gay?" you're the reason.
— Bandit (@banditref) July 17, 2014
The vast majority of replies to this tweet were positive, and I was happy to see them. There were also a few super hateful and ugly tweets, which were gross. The hateful folks have at least taken a stand though, you know what kind of person they are right away. What really bothers me are the “I just don’t know why we are making a big deal out of this” people. Those are the bigots in sheep’s clothing.
Michael Sam is a great football player and I do hope he gets the credit he deserves for football. To say that he shouldn’t also get credit for doing it the hard way, rather than hiding, is ridiculous.
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